Painting of George Washington
NYC's Historic Fraunces Tavern Restaurant Has Revolutionary War Links
At the corner of Pearl Street and Broad in Manhattan, Fraunces Tavern has a metal plaque proclaiming its historical role in the beginnings of the American Revolution.
In 1762, Samuel Fraunces bought the property from the De Lancey family and turned it into the Queen's Head Tavern, which quickly became a hotspot for the city’s clubs.
At the tavern, the Sons of Liberty plotted the Boston Tea Party, and the New York Provincial Congress made their headquarters there in 1776 during the Revolutionary War.
When Manhattan was retaken by the British, the tavern became a loyalist hub, but the British evacuated in 1783. Fraunces Tavern hosted a feast for General George Washington after.
Today, the tavern serves up both food and history. The Fraunces Tavern Museum is located upstairs for history buffs, with the restaurant serving food and drink downstairs.
While Washington enjoyed turtle meat and Madeira wine in his day, you can now order items like chicken pot pie, filet mignon, and 200 whiskeys, 130 craft beers, and cocktails.